Literary and other lists are popular because they are so often entirely arbitrary—the 10 greatest this, the 50 most unique that, the eight whomever you should watch for—all determinations made by one cultural critic or another, or the vague entity of staff. When these lists are published, we get to read, consider, dissect, and frantically comment about how we agree or disagree. We get to share how we might recompose the lists more appropriately. It’s a lot of fun.
Fernando Botero, a Colombian artist, paints the graphic scenes of the abuses faced by the prisoners at Abu Ghraib when the US Army was in control. VQR published an article in the Winter 2008 Issue that explores Botero’s intentions when he painted the series based off the photographs taken at the prison.
“I feel like I’m just now starting to learn how to write it.”
Legendary Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner on the art of “effective surprise” and the 6 conditions of creativity